How We Did It
We’ve heard your complaints (we’ve even uttered them ourselves): there are no decent men to date in Dallas. May we be the first to admit we’re wrong—this town is flooded with smart, sexy men for the taking.
In addition to considering the unattached fellows we already knew we loved, we posted a ballot on our web site (www.dmagazine.com) so you, our readers, could tell us about your friends, neighbors, sons, brothers, bosses, and ex-boyfriends. We inquired about trite things, like the types of cars they drive (this is Dallas, after all), as well as more serious matters, like their most charitable contributions. We also accepted recommendations from friends, colleagues, and other trusted souls (read: moms) to come up with this list of fine, upstanding gentlemen. For the record, this was not a popularity contest. Multiple nominations did not guarantee that any gent made the cut.
They are intellectuals, artists, athletes, and CEOs. They range in age from 21 to 53. Some have kids, and some are still growing up. But they are all hot catches. Ladies, on your marks, get set, pursue. —J.C.
Additional reporting by Brittany Edwards and Laura Kostelny.
Left to right: Tony, Luke, Jeff, David, John
Status: divorced Job Title: CEO, Planet Tan Where He Lives: Frisco and New Orleans, where he spends time with his 3-year-old son Anthony Proudest Accomplishment: besides his son, founding Planet Tan and growing it to seven stores in nine years Craziest Thing He’s Ever Done: running a 2-mile race through downtown New Orleans, wearing a red dress and pearls, along with 300 other similarly dressed men What His Ex Would Say: he’s a good friend and wonderful father What He Looks for in a Woman: brilliance, honesty, loyalty, and independence His Idea of a Fantasy Date: chartering a Lear Jet, flying to Parrot Cay, sipping champagne on the final approach at sunset, and ending the night with a midnight swim Test Run to the Fantasy Date: a trip to his loft in New Orleans, dinner at Emeril’s, and a couple of hours at the blackjack tables at Harrah’s Celebrity Dream Date: Jennifer Aniston Inside Scoop: He just started taking flying lessons and plans to purchase a plane so he can fly himself to New Orleans.
LUKE GILCREASE, 30
Status: never been married Job Title: owner, Lucasso Stone Where He Lives: Fort Worth Proudest Accomplishment: starting the Medicaid consulting company that his dad now runs Most Charitable Contribution: giving his nanny and housekeeper a car as a wedding gift Craziest Thing He’s Ever Done: backpacking alone through Chiapas right before the Zapatistas rebelled Favorite Movie: Seabiscuit Three Words His Sister Would Use to Describe Him: responsible, methodical, smart What He Looks for in a Woman: faith, character, kindness, cheerfulness, beauty Where He Likes to Take a Date: Chop House in Fort Worth or the bar at Nick & Sam’s Celebrity Dream Date: Jennifer Garner Inside Scoop: This Spanish-speaking sweetie, who was born in El Paso, comes from an old Marfa ranching family that dates back to 1885.
JEFF LESTER, 28
Status: never been married Job Title: partner, The Steam Team/TST Catastrophe Where He Lives: Uptown Proudest Accomplishments: starting his own company two years ago and completing the Spanish requirement for his economics degree at UT Craziest Thing He’s Ever Done: driving from Port Aransas, through Corpus Christi and back, on the highway, in a dune buggy, with his girlfriend sitting shotgun—in August ("possibly one of the reasons I am a bachelor right now") Last Book He Read: bby Craig Hall What His Mom Would Say: "My mother says I can touch her heart like no one else can. I wrote her an e-mail four or five years ago, thanking her for sewing all of the patches on my Cub Scout uniform when I was a kid. She carried that e-mail in her purse for more than a year." What He Looks for in a Woman: ambition, humor, "nice legs are a bonus" Celebrity Dream Date: Eliza Dushku. "Can we get her a subscription to D Magazine?"
DAVID SUNSHINE, 33
Status: never been married Job Title: owner, Dallas Yoga Center Where He Lives: Oak Cliff Proudest Accomplishment: growing the Dallas Yoga Center into a vibrant facility that brings health and inner peace to the community Craziest Thing He’s Ever Done: trekking 15 miles barefoot around a sacred mountain in South India, at night, under a full moon Last Book He Read: Freedom from the Known by Jiddu Krishnamurti What He Looks for in a Woman: a joyful, open heart; a passion for life; a strong sense of self-confidence; and a deep-seated inner wisdom Where He Likes to Take a Date: to the Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden and then to Sankofa Celebrity Dream Date: Catwoman ("Meow.") Inside Scoop: When this Dallas native is not bringing inner peace to the land, he enjoys traveling to exotic locales, nature, painting, and laughing. Namaste.
JOHN GONZALEZ, 26
Status: never been married Job Title: sportswriter, Dallas Observer Where He Lives: East Dallas Proudest Accomplishment: eating an entire stuffed-crust pizza in one sitting Craziest Thing He’s Ever Done: leaving a daily newspaper on the East Coast to work for a weekly in the Southwest Last Book He Read: Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone Three Words His Mom Would Use to Describe Him: not very nice Three Words His Ex Would Use: virile, brilliant, humble What He Looks for in a Woman: "Honesty. And if she happens to look like Summer from The O.C., that’s cool." Celebrity Dream Date: Alyssa Milano Inside Scoop: The Philadelphia native once got into a fistfight with the executive editor of this magazine. Neither will say who won.
Left to right: Jason, Cole, Arthur, Mike Carl
Status: never been married Job Title: reporter, Fox 4 News Where He Lives: Coppell Proudest Accomplishment: joining Fox 4 News and making it to the Dallas market Craziest Thing He’s Ever Done: standing in front of a tornado on TV (à la Twister) What His Mom and Sister Would Say: "I should get out more and work less. And I should cut down on watching sports and poker nights with the guys so I can find a nice girl to bring home for the holidays." What He Looks for in a Woman: self-confidence, positive outlook, no baggage, sense of humor, honesty, knowledge of current events (he’s a news man, after all) and "a woman who likes to go to bed early!" (Seriously, he gets up at 2:30 a.m. in order to be on-air at 5. His bedtime is 7:30 p.m.) Where He Likes to Take a Date: a sporting event (contrary to the advice of his mom and sister) Inside Scoop: Any woman who wants Jason has to make it past his mutt, Yoda. "Whenever a woman sits on the couch with me, he growls and tries to get in between us. At least I’ve trained him to stay off the bed."
COLE DAUGHERTY, 34
Status: never been married Job Title: public relations director, Dallas Market Center Where He Lives: Kessler Park in Oak Cliff Proudest Accomplishment: earning his Ph.D. in literature by age 30 Most Charitable Contribution: visiting prisoners in Kathmandu Craziest Thing He’s Ever Done: hopping on top of a slow-moving train and reciting Wordsworth to a date while the sun set Last Book He Read: Shopping for Buddhas by Jeff Greenwald What His Sister Would Say: he cleans up after himself and will never borrow your hair care products What He Looks for in a Woman: intelligence, humor, and compassion Where He Likes to Take a Date: Lola. "Where the meal and the wine are matched only by the ability to hear what she has to say." Celebrity Dream Date: Angie Harmon Inside Scoop: "I am a motivated (not Type A, but a definite goal setter), educated, nonmedicated, easygoing guy who loves to laugh and who is curious about everything."
ARTHUR PRICE JAMES III, 35
Status: never been married Job Title: artist/illustrator Where He Lives: Munger Place (with his two dogs, Ruby and Leadbelly) Proudest Accomplishment: his first gallery show. "A woman came up to me and asked if I was the artist. I said yes, and she replied, ’By your work, I had envisioned a 65-year-old black musician.’ At that moment, I realized my art had made an impression." (Visit www.those3reps.com to see what she was talking about.) Most Humbling Moment: "when my sister’s beautiful kids hug me and tell their uncle they love him" Most Charitable Contribution: creating the art, posters, and awards for the Deep Ellum Film Festival, which benefits families of cancer patients Craziest Thing He’s Ever Done: playing nude volleyball. "The margaritas were really great. I can’t remember who won the game, though." Favorite Artists: Jean-Michel Basquiat (painter), Paul Newman (actor), Peter Beard (photographer), and any Marvel comic-book artist in the ’70s What He Looks for in a Woman: a complement, a match. "It’s not about the similarities that you share, but rather the complementary fit you have." Intelligence and sincerity, fiestiness, femininity, a beautiful smile Where He Likes to Take a Date: The State Fair. "The sexier moments tend to be found in the day-to-day." How He Feels About Being Named an Eligible Bachelor: "absolutely ridiculous" Inside Scoop: You might recognize "Artman" from our September 2003 cover, where he represented the city’s coolest people.
MIKE ADRIAN, 31
Status: never been married Job Title: producer, HDNet Where He Lives: Uptown Proudest Accomplishment: producing high-end commercials and videos Craziest Thing He’s Ever Done: giving up job security to pursue a life as a freelance producer. "You have to do what’s in your heart, even if it means giving up the things that make your life comfortable." Last Books He Read: Business by Ayn Rand and The Little Engine that Could (he loves reading to his nephews) Favorite Song: "Depends on the mood. Most of the time I listen to Devo’s ’Whip It’ or Bel Biv Devoe’s ’Poison.’" Favorite Movie: Bottle Rocket Three Words His Mom Would Use to Describe Him: humorous, enthusiastic, compassionate Three Words His Ex Would Use: "She did not respond well when I explained that I would be announcing to the city that I was single." What He Looks for in a Woman: the ability to appreciate humor yet still be intellectual and serious enough to talk about philosophy Where He Likes to Take a First Date: "I like to try a place with an exotic menu—that way I can see how adventurous she can be or if she has undiscovered food allergies."
Inside Scoop: Working for Mark Cuban has its perks—the photo we received was of him and two busty Mavs dancers.
CARL B. WEBB, 53
Status: divorced Job Title: banker (as in he buys and sells them) Where He Lives: Highland Park Proudest Accomplishment: raising two great sons Most Charitable Contributions: He donates horses to Eagle Mount, a Montana organization that provides equestrian experiences for handicapped and terminally ill children. He also funded a learning center in his hometown in West Texas. Craziest Thing He’s Ever Done: In high school, he and some buddies shot out all the street lights in the small town where they lived. His excuse? "We had to create our own entertainment." Last Book He Read: What’s So Great About America by Dinesh D’Souza Favorite Movie: The Last Picture Show What His Mom Would Say: "Son, you’ve come a long way from Mitchell County." What He Looks for in a Woman: intellect, physical attractiveness, common interests, and spontaneity Where He Likes to Take a Date: Pan e Vino in San Francisco, a small, romantic Italian restaurant around the corner from his old home Celebrity Dream Date: Annika Sorenstam Inside Scoop: This San Angelo native escapes to his cattle ranch in Montana (Dennis Quaid is his neighbor) to get away from the corporate world.
Left to right: Paul, Thano, Stefano, Brandon, Brian
Status: divorced Job Title: vice president, Hartnett Group Where He Lives: Colleyville Proudest Accomplishment: other than his three daughters, becoming national amateur 8-ball champion (read: awesome pool player) Craziest Thing He’s Ever Done: diving at midnight in the Caribbean at a shipwreck site Favorite Song: "Georgia on My Mind" by Ray Charles Three Words His Ex Would Use to Describe Him: dependable, good father, "and possibly an expletive" What He Looks for in a Woman: ethics, morality, intelligence, normalcy ("that’s sometimes not a given"), good sense of humor Inside Scoop: Don’t let his quiet demeanor fool you. In addition to being a pool shark and a diver, this man jumps out of airplanes and plays a lot of poker.
THANO HASIOTIS, 33
Status: never been married Job Title: financial analyst Where He Lives: Uptown Craziest Thing He’s Ever Done: hiking up a mountain range on Papua New Guinea to meet a formerly cannibalistic tribe Proudest Accomplishment: last year the New England Aquarium chose him to collect marine life in the Bahamas for two weeks Last Books He Read: John Adams by David McCullough and Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides What His Mom Would Say: "She’s Greek. She will say only good things." What He Looks for in a Woman: intelligence, humor, self-confidence, an open mind. "Someone who is as comfortable at a black-tie event as she is trekking up to Machu Picchu." His Idea of a Dream Date: a weekend on Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys Where He Likes to Take a Date in Dallas: dinner at Local in Deep Ellum followed by an Old 97’s concert Inside Scoop: This Boston native gave up a lucrative job on Wall Street to start his own business here. He now splits his time between Dallas and New York.
STEFANO SECCHI, 21
Status: never been married Job Title: chef, Ferrari’s Italian Villa; SMU student Where He Lives: Addison Proudest Accomplishment: graduating from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and "living in New York on my own for two years" Craziest Thing He’s Ever Done: too many to list—they all happened during a three-day celebration for his 21st birthday in Las Vegas Last Book He Read: Unleashing the Idea Virus by Seth Godin Favorite Song: "Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd Three Words His Mom Would Use to Describe Him: dry, laid-back, and "bloody lovely" (his mum is British) What He Looks for in a Woman: "If we’re at a family function, I want someone who is going to interact with people and be okay on her own." Where He Likes to Take a Date: Crú Celebrity Dream Date: Charlize Theron. "She seems like she’d be pretty cool." Inside Scoop: At 21, he’s done a lot more than most folks have at 41. He’s hoping the Food Network will pick up his cooking show, but he still lists "sitting on the couch to watch football" as one of his hobbies.
BRANDON LOPEZ, 29
Status: never been married Job Title: partner, LJBB Investment Group Where He Lives: Knox-Henderson Proudest Accomplishment: owning and operating 30 Smoothie King stores (alongside his older brother) while he was a full-time student at SMU Most Charitable Contribution: he regularly takes two poor Vietnamese children (ages 8 and 13) to Six Flags or some other fun place Last Book He Read: The Purpose-driven Life by Rick Warren Favorite Movies: The Toy and Toy Story What His Ex Would Say: "Brandon is a caretaker and sacrifices his own wants and needs for those of others." (She nominated him on our web site.) What He Looks for in a Woman: "I want the 10 on every level," and she has to want a family (he’s dying to do the PTA thing). Where He Likes to Take a Date: dinner at Tei Tei followed by drinks at Sense or Medici Celebrity Dream Date: Heidi Klum Inside Scoop: This big boy (he’s 6-foot-7) is a member of three Hummer clubs and goes off-roading in his H1 nearly every weekend. The love of his life is his Doberman, Chomps.
BRIAN SANDERS, 26
Status: never been married Job Title: advertising account executive, WFAA-TV Channel 8 Where He Lives: Uptown
Most Charitable Contributions: heading up a community day for the Arlington branch of the Boys & Girls Club and hosting the Chrysalis Ball for the Collin County branch Craziest Thing He’s Ever Done: In his junior year of high school, when his team was down 35-3 in the fourth quarter of a playoff game, he jumped out of the stands, ran through security, chased down the opposing team’s mascot, and blind-sided him in his tiger costume. "Our fans and players jumped up and cheered as if it were the play of the game. Their fans threw ice, popcorn, and nachos at me. I was not allowed in the stadium as a senior." What His Mom Would Say: "Everyone back home wants to know—who are you dating now?" What He Looks for in a Woman: wit, culture, adventurousness, caring, genuine, loves to dance and sing in the car, takes care of herself—and laughs at his jokes Where He Likes to Take a Date: Broadway musicals, romantic restaurants, Mavericks games Celebrity Dream Date: "If I could mix a Brooke Burke with a Gwyneth Paltrow, I would take one of those." Inside Scoop: He’s currently pursuing his dream of becoming a sportscaster.
Left to right: Boniface, Pat, Dan, Andy, Omar, Jeff
Status: never been married Job Title: director of Latin studies, Highland Park High School Where He Lives: Oak Lawn Proudest Accomplishments: "Lasting longer than any other monk in the century and a half history of St. John’s Abbey before being expelled for excessive holiness; lasting seven years at HPHS without getting canned; building one of Texas’ largest and best Latin programs" Craziest Thing He’s Ever Done: drinking gin and tonics while canoeing with two nuns What He Looks for in a Woman: "Roman Catholic/Orthodox, tall, 34D, must have her own teeth. I can compromise on the religion—conservative high-church Anglican is acceptable." His Idea of a Great First Date: "I would rub her with a banana and take her out to my beehives. If she survived, once the swelling subsided, she could buy me a pork chop dinner at the Waffle House." Celebrity Dream Date: Emma Thompson, Anita Ekberg, or Sophia Loren Inside Scoop: This consummate funny man (yes, that first date thing was a joke) was born in Madison, South Dakota. He once dumped a girlfriend while traveling with her through Europe, forcing them to remain in one another’s company until after the flight home. Many of his answers were hilarious but unpublishable.
PAT MULADY, 38
Status: never been married Job Title: major gifts officer, Children’s Medical Center Where He Lives: Plano Proudest Accomplishment: fundraising for and competing in the 1998 Honolulu Marathon to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Most Charitable Contribution: volunteering at Children’s Medical Center every Monday night for the past two years Craziest Thing He’s Ever Done: bungee jumping ("or this contest!") Last Book He Read: The Purpose-driven Life by Rick Warren (popular book) What His Ex Would Say: "He’s the consummate bachelor." What He Looks for in a Woman: strong Christian faith, honesty, integrity, athleticism, fun-loving, just as comfortable at a formal event as she is having breakfast at Cafe Brazil with no makeup and a baseball cap Celebrity Dream Date: Jennifer Garner (popular girl) Inside Scoop: This Milwaukee native admits he "wouldn’t be much of a challenge for the guys from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy."
DAN LEVIN, 46
Status: divorced Job Title: director of investments, Wachovia Securities; host, Investment Talk with Dan Levin on KLIF-AM 570 Where He Lives: Highland Park Proudest Accomplishment: becoming a new father 18 years ago Craziest Thing He’s Ever Done: "I can’t tell you. Nothing too crazy publicly." Favorite Song: Anything Motown Three Words His Mom Would Use to Describe Him: all-American boy Three Words His Ex Would Use: he screwed up What He Looks for in a Woman: "Everything—brains, humor, athleticism, beauty. That’s why I’m still single." What He Likes to Do on a Date: wine, dinner, music Celebrity Dream Date: Faith Hill or Jennifer Aniston. "I have a feeling they have what I’m looking for." Inside Scoop: Cynic with a heart of gold. He is a notable supporter of Scottish Rite, pledging the same amount his listeners do during the holidays (think $20,000).
ANDY CHANG, 33
Status: never been married Job Title: dentist Where He Lives: Uptown Proudest Accomplishments: "My work. My education. Success I’ve had in business." Craziest Thing He’s Ever Done: appearing on the current season of The Bachelorette on ABC, which began airing last month Three Words His Mom Would Use to Describe Him: caring, successful, attentive Three Words His Ex Would Use: structured, driven, goal-oriented What He Looks for in a Woman: an open mind, success, independence to a point—"someone who can stand on her own two feet, but we can still depend on one another." Where He Likes to Take a Date: Green Room Celebrity Dream Date: Jennifer Love Hewitt. "She seems like a nice girl." Inside Scoop: "My buddies said if I get [engaged] on The Bachelorette, they’ll kill me. But all of their wives love that I’m on the show."
OMAR McNARY, 32
Status: never been married Job Title: trainer, Park Cities Personal Training Where He Lives: Deep Ellum Proudest Accomplishment: becoming an Eagle Scout Craziest Thing He’s Ever Done: going to Cowboys Red River. "A black man with dreadlocks, learning to two-step—it was pretty crazy." Favorite Song: "Ain’t No Sunshine" by Bill Withers Three Words His Ex Would Use to Describe Him: courteous, active, spontaneous What He Looks for in a Woman: spontaneity and diversity. "Someone who can go mountain biking with me and then, three hours later, put on a black dress and go to a cocktail party." Where He Likes to Take a Date: Six Flags, then Angeluna in Fort Worth Celebrity Dream Date: Salma Hayek Inside Scoop: He counts yoga and music ("music is my field") among his loves.
JEFF CASSAR, 29
Status: divorced Job Title: goalkeeper, Dallas Burn Where He Lives: North Dallas Proudest Accomplishment: His 5-year-old daughter Sloan Craziest Thing He’s Ever Done: running naked across campus after losing a game of PIG Last Book He Read: Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich Three Words His Ex Would Use to Describe Him: funny, sarcastic, crazy What He Looks for in a Woman: "Someone who’s sweet, pretty, and easy to get along with." Where He Likes to Take a Date: Cafe Izmir for dinner and Candle Room for drinks Celebrity Dream Date: Britney Spears Inside Scoop: This Michigan native was an alternate keeper for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team. Now he spends a lot of his free time coaching kids soccer. "I love kids," he says. And, yes, he really digs Britney Spears.